Dec 11, 2012 7:00am PST
south korea just to name a few. the study follows the much talked about "new york times" column by nicholas chrisoff who visited the appalachian hills of kentucky and found run disturbing reasons why some of america's poorest children are illiterate. nick joins me now live from the "times" to explain. so you go to jackson, kentucky, and people are running literacy programs there but tlrl parents who don't want their kids to learn to read. it just defies all logic and all tradition here in the united states of wanting our kids to have a better life. what's going on? >> well, it's heartbreaking because there is, in effect, an incentive for parents to try to gain the system and have their kids be diagnosed with an intellectual disability because then they can get payments each month until that child turns 18 under the ssi system. and so, you know, there's no doubt that ssi support is a lifeline to many parents with kids who truly are disabled. but also, according to people there, there's no doubt that there are a lot of fuzzier cases where there's a real incentive to have your childre
Dec 18, 2012 10:00am EST
retiring jim demint. scott will be the first black senator from the deep south since reconstruction, and the only african-american senator currently serving. >> the future is incredibly bright for america. we have our challenges. we have things that we have to overcome. but, boy, does the future look great in south carolina. >> so what does the future hold for the senate which we'll see 13 additional newcomers. will it actually get things done? >> let's bring in republican strategist and former santorum adviser jim brenburger. and steve, let me start with you. the congressman is going to be among five new republicans, including five women. >> first of all, the new senator is actually very conservative. and i think that's good for the party because i think in the most recent elections, we lost sight of the fact that we have to talk to a lot of constituencies. we don't always represent all the people that we should. by bringing in somebody who is not only african-american, but conservative african-american, it gives us a new messenger, and i think that's very, very important to our party.
Dec 20, 2012 7:00am PST
, bhutan in south asia makes public policy based on what they call the gross national happiness index. this story will make you smile especially if you're from latin america. it's up on our facebook page at facebook/jansingco. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. >>> vice president joe biden will meet with law enforcement officers from around the country today to try to find ways to tighten gun laws in the wake of newtown, connecticut. the vice president is leading a new task force to develop ideas to reduce gun violence by no later than next month. president obama announced the initiative at the white house yesterday. >> the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence does not mean we can't steadily reduce the violence and prevent the very worst violence. >> joining me now msnbc political analyst and former rnc chairman michael steele and nbc political analyst former democratic governor of